A Collection of Comical Depictions of Plays

(Dke kyogen zukushi, 道外狂言づくし or 道外狂言尽し)

Publisher: Jsh-ya Kinz

1839-1842

 

This series satirizes well-known scenes from kabuki plays. It is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). The images are each about 4.7 by 5 inches (12 by 12.5 centimeters), and six images were printed on a sheet of paper about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ban. I am grateful to Robert Pryor for his contributions to this section.

 

 

Description: Family scene with kitsune-Kuzonoha, Abe no Yasuna and the child Dji

Play: Ashiya dman uchi kagami (芦屋道満大内鑑)

 

Description: Watonai and his sister Kinshjo

Play: Kokusenya gassen (国性爺合戦)

 

Description: The exiled priest Shunkan

Play: Hime komatsu ne-no-hi no asobi (姫小松子日遊)

 

Description: Akoya playing three instruments while being questioned by Shigetada and Iwanaga

Play: Dan no ura kabuto gunki (兜軍記)

 

 

Description: Parody of Ono no Tofu and the persistent frog, with the frog of monstrous size

Play: Ono no Tf aoyagi suzuri (小野道風青柳硯)

 

 

Description: Parody of Sugawara Michizane and Hidari Daijin Sheihei as entertainers

Play: Sugawara denju tenarai kagami (菅原伝授手習鑑)

 

 

 

 

Intact ban sheet as printed

 

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